Kurseong
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Brief

Kurseong is a hill station and sub-divisional town in the Darjeeling district of the Indian state of West Bengal. A snow covered little town in the lap of the Himalayas, like a picture postcard on the backdrop of the majestic mountains. That is Kurseong for you. Kurseong is one of the most popular tourist spots in the north-eastern part of the country.

While the name of the place means ‘land of white orchids’, you can rest assured that your eyes can spot many more colours of orchid along with other things. With its picture perfect landscape, curved roads lined with pine trees, and snowy mountains, Kurseong is the perfect place to spend your holidays in.

Bengali is the official language of the state of West Bengal and is spoken by some of the residents. However, Nepali is the predominant language in Darjeeling. Other languages spoken here include Hindi, English and Tibetan.

 

 

 
Travel Tips

The best time to visit Kurseong is between the months of April, May and August to October.

Try to avoid the monsoon season as it becomes difficult to move about properly. Roads also are often blocked in the monsoon.

 



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Things to do

Many of you may not be familiar with Kurseong and think this might be another small roadside village on the way to Darjeeling.

The spread is beyond the township to lovely tea gardens along with mountain slopes, forests with many different flora & fauna, quaint villages and so on.

There are many view points, tea estaes, temples and churches, museums, as well as gamous historic schools that were set up during the British Colonial days. If you are planning a trip to Kurseong, there are more than a dozen different things that you can do. The place is packed full of beautiful sights to see and nook and corners to explore.

Eagle’s Craig is a view point from where you can get a beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and valleys. The place is quite popular amongst tourists. You can also go to Deer Park. The place is quite nearby and has a beautiful garden.

Ambootia Shiv temple is the place to go to if you want to see people thronging to pray to their god. There are several monasteries in the area as well.

Notable ones are the Buddhist Gompas in Downhill Road, and Monteviot Road. St. Paul’s Church near St. Joseph School is another spot of tourist attraction. The church sits at the top of a hill and is a popular destination.

If you are interested in history you can go to the nearby NetajiSubhash Chandra Bose Museum. The museum houses important memorabilia, like letters written by Netaji and things used by him during his stay there. You can also take a peaceful walk down AranyaSarani and reach at Chimneys. It is a beautiful meadow and a popular picnic spot. The walk among the rhododendron trees is one that should not be missed.

Dow Hill Park was known as Deer Park. However with deforestation such sights are now rare. Dow Hill park is located on the top of Dow Hill. The fenced itself is quite small. There are hedge and other different kinds of plantation.

Dow Hill Forest Museum is large two-storeyed museum in Dow Hill that stores many exhibits of flora and fauna of the region. It has been recently renovated and restored. The museum is open daily.

Dow Hill Water Reservoir is a large reservoir in downhill where rain water is stored. It acts as a wate source to many areas of Kurseong sub-division. The reservoir is surrounded by lush pine and confirous trees.

Giddapahar is one of the other hills in Kurseong. This view point is located few kilometers from town along Hill Cart Road towards Siliguri. A person will need to enter through a gate and then climb a stairs.

Netjaji Subhash Chandra Bose Museum is located in Giddhapahar area. It was originally a private house purchasd by Sarat Chandra Bose. With lush greenery and gardens all around, the atmosphere is tranquil and serene. Now it has been converted into museum.

Ambootia Tea Estate is a sprawling tea estate with lovely gardens on the mountain slopes that produce black, green white Darjeeling teas. It is located about 10kms below the Kurseong town and takes about 35 minutes to reach by car.

Makaibari Tea is one of the most famous tea estates in Darjeeling district. It's Loated 3kms from Kurseong town and on Makaibari road. It is one of the oldest tea estates in the distrct producing some of the finest tea varieties an also one of the first to set up a tea processing factory.

Makaibari tea estate is one of the most famous tea estates in Darjeeling District. Its located 3kms from Kurseong town and on Makaibari road. This is one of the oldest tea estates in the district producing some of the finest tea varieties and also one of the first to set up a tea processing factory.

Castleton tea estate is owned by Goodricke Group and is one of the most well known ones that produce fine black, green and white Darjeeling tea from authentic Chinesr bushes. You can visit the factory and observe tea processing.

Darjeeling Himaplayan Railway (DHR) museums of Darjeeling district which is located in Kurseong station premises. The museum houses many treasures, historical articrafts and exhibits of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, how the toy train was created to overcome the steep mountain gradients, pictures of loops and engines, and parts of the original rails as well as machinery and accessories used to set up the track.

Toy train ride between Kurseong and Darjeeling one of the best ways to do so is by taking a toy train from Kurseong station. There are two trains every day between Kurseong and Darjeeling. 

Trekking in Kurseong areas through forests and lush vegetation on the slope of the mountains. One can explore the nature, its flora and fauna and also several almost unnamed villages and their people and culture.

 
 

 

 
Getting Around

The best way to get around in Kurseong is to have your own car. You can hire cars from the local car renting services.

There are shared taxis also that ply in this area. Taxis however operate within a fixed route.

You can also borrow cycles from the local people and explore the surrounding regions on them.

 
Places to Stay

Kurseong is one of the major tourist spots in the northern part of West Bengal.

Thus, there are a number of hotels that can be found in this region. Depending on how much you want to spend on lodging, you can splurge by booking your rooms in a luxury hotel, or go light on your pocket by staying at a budget hotel.

There are several paying guest situations as well.

If you are interested in that, the local tourist bureau can help you find the right one.

 

 
How to Reach

  • You can also go to the town of Kurseong by booking your seats on a plane. The nearest airport is at Bagdogra. From the airport, the distance to Kurseong is around 60 km. You can cover the remaining portion of the journey by taking a shared taxi or bus. Cars for rent are also available.
  • The nearest rail station to Kurseong is located at New Jalpaiguri. The station there is connected to the major stations in West Bengal, and via that to the rest of the country. Train fare to New Jalpaiguri should fall in the region between Rs.500 and Rs.2200 depending on which class you are travelling in. You can book your tickets from irctc.in, makemytrip.com, and yatra.com. From the station, buses and cabs can be taken to reach Kurseong. You can also take the toy train from New Jalpaiguri for a novelty experience. It takes around 5 hours to reach from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong. A cab ride from New Jalpaiguri to Kurseong will cost approximately 800 to 100 INR.
  • Kurseong is well connected to Siliguri and Darjeeling. Buses leave for Kurseong from both these places. You will also get shared taxis and private cars. While private cars will cost you around Rs.1000, shared taxis ply for around Rs.80 per passenger. If you take the Pankabari Road from Siliguri, it will take you around 45 minutes to reach Kurseong.

 
Surrounding Attractions

There are a number of beautiful locations that you can visit in Kurseong. You can go to Down Hill.

The place has several beautiful gardens, including the popular Deer park. There is also the Toy Train Station. It is one of the heritage locations there.

You can also pay a visit to one of the numerous tea estates in the region. Bhangzang Salamander Lake is home to a number of salamanders, a member of the endangered species of reptiles.

Also, you may consider visiting the nearby hill stations of Darjeeling and Kalingpong which have been drawing visitors from all over the world for their unparallel scenic beauty. 

 
Important Numbers

Police: 2443226

Mariam Nursing Home, Darjeeling: +91 354 2254637

Tourist Bureau: 222488271/222488272